Do you have a hipster-techie in your life? I do. My husband. Not only is he incredibly tech savvy, but he's also cool, so he's up on the latest trends before I am. This is great 99% of the time, except when trying to surprise him with a gift. If you have a hipster-techie in your life, check out the 2011 Green Gift Guide for the Techie, complete with cutting edge design, cool style, and sustainability. And may the force be with you this gift giving season.
1 2011 Green Gift Guide for the Techie
2 Refurbished MacBook Air, $699 from Apple: A refurbished computer can be a grand, big-budget gift, but it can also be a wonderful group gift, especially for a budding techie (young or old). Recycling/refurbishing programs keep computers out of landfills while providing more economically reasonable entre into high-quality technology. Apple offers certification and a 1-yr. warranty for their refurbished products as well.
3 Eco-friendly web hosting package, $4.95/mo from Greengeeks.com: Greengeeks is an eco-friendly web host that purchases carbon offsets to promote the use of wind energy, saving carbon emissions while providing unlimited bandwidth to users. A great gift for someone who is looking to start a website or blog.
4 Biodegradable iPhone case, $19.99 - $34.99 from Innovez: Made from EcoPure, a transparent biodegradable material. Great for the iPhone aficionado in your life.
5 Noise cancelling headphones with microphone, $49.99 from Vers: Elegant headphones handcrafted in the U.S. from sustainable hardwood or bamboo.
6 Neogreene Eco-friendly Akepa Laptop Sleeve, $39.95 for 15.4" size laptop from GreenSmart: Made from a water-based material and recycled plastic bottles, the Neogreene sleeve achieves the feel and durability of neoprene sleeves without the VOCs and toxic solvents. Comes in 5 bold colors and various sizes.
7 Donate to One Laptop Per Child in someone's name, $199 for one laptop or any other dollar amount from One Laptop Per Child Project: This is a program any tech fan will love, a non-profit that gives children in the poorest countries a "rugged, low-cost, low-powered, connected laptop." If you purchase one of their custom built laptops in someone's name, they will receive a card thanking them for their gift.
8 Parabolic Sound Sphere, $39.99 from Clingo: An incredibly stylish and functional smart phone or media player dock. The docking station portion works with any phone or media device while also enhancing your music experience by achieving a full-speaker sound using minimal space and power.
9 Cord box, $29.99 from Great Useful Storage: A sophisticated and organized way to store electronic cords for those who practice the ole' shoving-in-a-drawer-and-never-knowing-what-cord-goes-to-what routine. A smart looking box made of woven grass cloth is a fine gift if you want to help a brother (or sister) out with their messy cord situation.
10 Book cover iPad or Kindle DX case, $ 41 from spoonfulofchocolate on Etsy: This is how I picture characters in a Wes Anderson movie would read their iPad - with a Jacques Cousteau book cover case. There are lots of wonderful books to choose from (e.g., Tom Sawyer, Little Women, Alice in Wonderland), and you can also choose the inside fabric. Ridiculously cool.
11 Laptop pillow, $55.46 from Intelligent Forms: Constructed to look like a mini-stack of logs and made from natural fibers and buckwheat hulls, this is a charming yet sturdy laptop pillow.
12 Solio Classic Solar Powered Charger, $50 from Solio: Solar powered charger that works with over 3,000 electronic devices, such as phones and cameras. A great gift for a tech-savvy frequent traveler or outdoor enthusiast!
13 Wireless Solar Keyboard K750, $71.99 from Logitech: A sleek, PVC-free, wireless, solar powered keyboard that charges itself wherever there's light - indoor light included. It also stays charged for at least 3 months in total darkness. Hello keyboard of the future, is that you? Why yes, I think it is.
2011 Green Gift Guides (search for "2011 Green Gift Guide" tag on the site to find guides that have already been posted)
• Green Gift Guide for Home Cooks
• Green Gift Guide: 20 Gifts Under $20
• Green Gift Guide For the Home Renovator
• Green Gift Guide For Kids
• No-Gift Green Gift Guide: Charitable Gifts and Donations
• 10 Hostess Gifts for Friends Who Love to Entertain
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